How to: start a powerful blog – Part 2

Hello, lovelies🤗 How’s everything going? Are you enjoying the summer so far? In the previous blog post: How to: start a powerful blog – Part 1, I wrote about the business plan – what you need to know before you actually set up your blog.

Today’s post is about choosing your preferred platform, signing up for your preferred platform and publishing the first post based on my teachings from working with my blog.

My series consists of 3 blog posts:

  1. The business plan – what you need to know before you actually set up your blog
  2. The platforms, not 9 3/4 platform (Hello, HP fans 🧙‍♂️) – the blogging platform. Where, why and how to sign up on the best blogging platform and publishing the first post
  3. The maintenance and how to gain money with your blog – in order to have a powerful blog you need to keep it going – and yes, you also need a plan for that. Lucky you, I have that too.

Let’s dive in😎

How to start a powerful blog – part 2

2. The platforms

A. Choosing your best platform
B. Setting up your blog
C. Posting the first post

A. Choosing your best platform

A1. If you want a FREE blog you have the notorious WordPress or Blogger, I use WordPress

Perks using WordPress.com:

  • Free domain + wordpress.com extension = yourname.wordpress.com
  • Free Jetpack Essentials Features = SEO, spam protection, social sharing etc.
  • Plenty of free themes = if you want your own theme, you can buy the Business Plan
  • If you want you can buy a theme offered by WordPress (Premium Themes) = never expires
  • Powerful statistics = Colourful maps and graphs that beautifully present your stats
  • The best support = Live chat, email, support pages, and forums to answer any questions you have
  • 3GB of space for uploaded files and images = for more space you can buy a plan starting $4/mo
  • No ads = WordPress will run their ads on your blog and if you want to get rid of them you can buy a plan starting $4/mo
  • No ecommerce option = But you have an extension, WooCommerce.
  • Your blog is hosted by WordPress and you own your content
  • You pay a small fee each year if you register the preferred domain name using WordPress = yourname.com billed each year (it comes with Privacy Protection)
  • If you want to upgrade your blog you have 3 plans on WordPress: Personal, Premium and Business = I use Premium Plan with $8/mo. If you register your domain using WordPress and then you buy a plan you will have a discount when you purchase the plan. BUT if you first buy a plan you will have a FREE domain name.
  • Perfect for new bloggers

All WordPress.com plans come with:

  • Custom domains
  • 24/7 expert support
  • Secure websites
  • Automatic backups
  • Anti-spam protection

Perks using Personal Plan $4/month

  • Free Custom Domain Name
  • Free Jetpack Essential Features = SEO, spam protection, social sharing etc.
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Dozens of Free Themes
  • Basic Design Customization = Font styles, color schemes, background designs and more
  • 6GB Storage Space
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads

Perks using Premium Plan $8/month

  • Free Custom Domain Name 
  • Free Jetpack Essential Features = SEO, spam protection, social sharing etc.
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Unlimited Premium Themes
  • Advanced Design Customization = complete control over website CSS
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads
  • Monetize your site = with Wordress Ads you can make money with your blog
  • Simple Payments = sell anything with PayPal button
  • 13GB Storage Space

Perks using Business Plan $25/month

  • Free Custom Domain Name
  • Free Jetpack Essential Features
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Unlimited Premium Themes
  • Advanced Design Customization
  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads
  • Simple Payments
  • Monetize your site
  • VideoPress support
  • Attend live courses
  • SEO Tools
  • Install Plugins 
  • Upload themes
  • Google Analytics Integration

Perks using Blogger:

  • You need a Google account to use it
  • Free domanin name + blogspot.com extension = yourname.blogspot.com
  • You can upload new templates
  • Limited customization over templates
  • Limited widgets/plugins
  • Monetize with ads
  • Easy integration with Google+ and Google AdSense

A2. If you want a custom domain name, you have to register your domain using Bluehost and then choosing your host. Bluehost comes with WordPress.org

Perks using Bluehost & WordPress.org

  • Free domain name and hosting plan using Bluehost
  • Unlimited themes using WordPress.org
  • Unlimited plugins
  • Self-hosted by you
  • Monetize with ads
  • Fully customizable
  • Hassle-free design, marketing, and security for WordPress with Jetpack = 100+ free WordPress themes, daily automated backup, stats and related content and plans start at $3.50/ mo. Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin that is the best way to experience WordPress
  • Ecommerce supported = Create the online store you want with WooCommerce (WooCommerce is the most customizable eCommerce platform for building an online business. With 44,483,572 downloads, it’s the most popular eCommerce platform. Countless themes, unlimited images and galleries, unlimited products and more)
  • Perfect for serious bloggers

B. Setting up your blog

Whether you use WordPress.com or WordPress.org a theme is a must.

Set Up Your Blog in Five Steps by WordPress

  1. Update your title and tagline
  2. Pick a theme you love
  3. Add a header or background
  4. Add a Site Icon
  5. Add a widget

*** Add custom menus

And you are ready to roll your first post💯

C. Posting the first post

How to create the perfect blog post? Easy to do.

  1. Write a catchy title
  2. Write an introduction to the post and/or a quote
  3. Insert a few eye-catching and relevant images
  4. Write at least 300 words – with bullets/numbered lists, use shorter paragraphs
  5. Use a Call-To-Action question

Before you publish the first post:

  • Add category
  • Add tags
  • Add featured image
  • Add custom slug
  • Add “Read More” tag
  • Spell check
  • Add references

After you publish the first post:

  • Share it on your social
  • Add pingbacks

As I promised I have a little gift:

FREE checklist: Post Content Planner

For more:

I hope you enjoyed this post and see you on my next post 😍 Many exciting surprises are planned ahead, so stay tuned 🔜

Don’t forget:

Dream big & Make it happen

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